Fine male CHI WARA headdress - BAMANA - Mali
Fine male CHI WARA headdress - BAMANA - Mali
Fine male CHI WARA headdress - BAMANA - Mali
Fine male CHI WARA headdress - BAMANA - Mali
Fine male CHI WARA headdress - BAMANA - Mali
Fine male CHI WARA headdress - BAMANA - Mali
Fine male CHI WARA headdress - BAMANA - Mali
Fine male CHI WARA headdress - BAMANA - Mali
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Fine male CHI WARA headdress - BAMANA - Mali

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Excellent example of a Bamana Chi-Wara headress. This headdress appears to be very old and has unfortunately sustained some damage to the ears and it looks as though both have been glued back on at some point. Apart from that though the head dress is in good condition with no wood worm.

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Among the Bamana, oral traditions credit a mythical being named Ci Wara, a divine being half mortal and half animal, with the introduction of agriculture to the Bamana. Bamana society is primarily an agricultural one; even today the majority of Bamana peoples are subsistence farmers. These headdresses, also called ci wara, are carved to honor that original mythical being. Under Ci Wara's guidance, humans first learned to cultivate the land and became prosperous and able farmers. Ci wara headdresses combine antelope features with those of other animals that are significant within Bamana culture, such as the earth-digging aardvark or the armored pangolin. The animals are observed in nature to excel in actions that are also critical to the success of the farming effort and, therefore, Bamana life. These headdresses are also characterized by decoration with pierced openwork designs, which create an interplay between positive and negative space, and finely incised geometric patterns, which add to their texture.


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